On Feb. 1, Mesa College celebrated the beginning of Black History Month by honoring
American civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Students, faculty, staff and administrators
participated in a campus wide silent march to the Rosa Parks Transit Stop, followed
by a libation – a traditional ritual in African cultures that involves the pouring
of a liquid offering in honor of someone’s memory.
Many students involved in the Black Student Union (BSU) shared thoughts and words
of thanks for the courage of Rosa Parks the day she refused to give up her seat on
the bus in 1995, and for the civil rights work that was inspired from the historical
event. Chancellor Constance Carroll joined in the celebration and shared her fond
memories of Mrs. Parks and her affinity for San Diego Mesa College.
Students also created signs with positive messages inspiring equality and community
that they then carried through campus during the silent march. Additional Black History
Month cultural events will follow throughout February and can be found on the Mesa College Calendar or listed on the iMesa Mobile app.
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